At the beginning of December my very good friend Tee emailed me and asked if I would make her one of my lovely African flower bags if she sent me down the wool? Little did she know that the first bag had been made for her for Christmas gift.
Of course I didn't want to give this secret away so I told her yes, but not til after Christmas as I have loads of project queued up (hoping that she wouldn't spend her money on wool that she didn't really need). She was however keen for me to have the wool so I could start as soon as I could and just before Christmas a big bag of wool in mixed colours arrived at the post office for me. She adored the bag when it arrived (after Christmas), I am now set to use up all these lovely colours she sent me down. So first "To make for Tee list" is a grey and purple blanket like this one she found on my Pinterest board.
I had a look through my crochet books but couldn't find a pattern that looked like this one so searched through the flikr album that this photo belongs to and found a photo that showed clearly what stitches were needed. from this I drew up a pattern and made a start. It's quite simple really, the pattern works triple stitches in groups of 3 (clusters) in four sets. so for the base row you need 16 stitches into a magic loop. You then make 16 triples each with a chain stitch between them. The next row is 16 clusters (1 cluster in each chain stitch from the row below). next you add a row of loops, these are just three chain stitches and a slip stitch, you make three like this and the fourth needs to be larger (to make the corner) this one is five chain stitches. You repeat this set four times (a set = 3x three chain loops and 1x five chain loop). the final row is to hook a triple cluster "over" each of the loops, when you get the to larger (corner) loops you need to hook four triples one chain four triples. hopefully you will have a finished square. Not sure that this will make any sense to anyone other than myself ;) I'm no good at reading patterns and I doubt that I can write them either ;)
so far I have two squares made, with "just" 98 to go ;)
It's a lovely pattern to work nice and simple and really quick so hopefully it won't take me took long as my crochet plans for 2012 just keep growing!!!